I move in a community of writers and illustrators and editors. These are my good friends who serve as encouragers, mentors, and fellow artists. I carry our conversations about art, words, and books with me always. As I move ahead into new projects and a new landscape of publishing, I know that I'm on a terrific team.
My editors Melissa Manlove and Ginee Seo at Chronicle Books in San Francisco and the work room.
Will Hillenbrand and Loren Long at my house in Cincinnati.
Writers Maryann Macdonald and Trish Marx (co-author of TOUCHING THE SKY).
The wonderful Richard Peck at his home in NYC.
With Margaret K. McElderry (1912-2011) at her home in NYC.
Mary Kay Kroeger with students in her 4th grade classroom (co-author of PAPERBOY and FLY HIGH!).
On a hike in Northeast Harbor, Maine with fellow writers and artists during a writing retreat at Trish Marx's house.
My editor Erica Zappy at Houghton Mifflin.
Christy Adams (translator) and Jane Paul (author) in Brittany.
Ashley Wolff in San Franciso.
From Ashley Bryan's studio on Little Cranberry Island, ME.
At a de Grummond Collection conference in Hattiesburg, MS with illustrators Ashley Bryan, Jan Spivey Gilcrist, and Yuyi Morales.
Ann Bobco, art director, Simon and Schuster.
With Johanna Hurwitz in Vermont.